MLS Game Summary - San Jose at Kansas City|
(Sunday, April 5, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Kansas City 2, San Jose 0
Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Aaron Hohlbein and Claudio Lopez scored and
the Kansas City Wizards defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, on Sunday at
windy, rainy and snowy CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
Kansas City (1-2-0) won its first match - and earned its first points - of the
season, leaving Dallas as the only MLS team without a point. San Jose (1-2-0),
which managed just one shot on goal, dropped its second game.
"We battled very hard. I think we managed the game very well," K.C. midfielder
Herculez Gomez said. "There were stretches of the game where we played very
well and dominated, so I'm very proud of our effort and our performance."
"We just did not a have a good day today," San Jose coach Frank Yallop said.
Rain showers, which occasionally included a few snow flurries, fell for most
of the match and were whipped around the stadium by 40-mph winds.
K.C. was able to get an early lead in the terrible conditions and held on. Off
a Lopez corner kick in the 28th minute, the ball sailed through the area and
fell to a Wizards player on the far side of the box. After an initial shot, the
Wizards' Jimmy Conrad drilled a shot that was deflected by San Jose goalie Joe
A few more deflections eventually directed the ball to open space in the middle
of the area, where Hohlbein just had to tap in the ball for his first goal.
"It was a good ball played in, and it kind of bobbled around a little bit and
popped out, and I happened to be right there so I just pounded it home," said
Kansas City's Jack Jewsbury hit the crossbar in the 49th minute, but Lopez put
the match away with his first goal in the 78th off assists from Gomez and Davy
Lopez finished the quick attack by settling the ball with one touch outside the
area before unleashing a shot into the bottom-right corner in the 78th minute.
"We had a good spell in the second half, but that second goal just killed off
the game," Yallop said.
San Jose didn't manage its first shot on goal until the 81st minute but Wizards
goalie Kevin Hartman easily handled Arturo Alvarez's shot.
"It was not a good day for us. The conditions were the same for both teams and
they adjusted to them better than we did," San Jose's Nick Garcia said. "We
need to play better and create chances to get some goals."
"I told the guys before the game that this was going to be a game where they
would have to roll up their sleeves and fight," K.C. coach Curt Onalfo said.
"It was just about mentality today. I think we did a great job today, and I
thought we played well from the opening whistle."
K.C. will try to build on the victory when it visits unbeaten Seattle Sounders
FC on Saturday, while San Jose will try to rebound when it hosts the Chicago
Fire on Saturday.
04/05 18:35:07 ET